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Cadillac

American luxury vehicle marque owned by General Motors add

Category: Business (14)

Founded in 1902.

Countries: United States (44%), (27%), Italy (4%)

Main connections: Cadillac Eldorado, General Motors, Cadillac Fleetwood

Linked to: General Motors, Henry Ford Company, Buick, Chrysler

 

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1902

Cadillac was founded in 1902 by Henry Leland, a master mechanic and entrepreneur, who named the company after his ancestor, Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, the founder of the city of Detroit add something

 

On 22 August 1902 the company reformed as the Cadillac Automobile Company add something

 

Cadillac's first automobiles, the Runabout and Tonneau, were completed in October 1902 add something


1903

They were practically identical to the 1903 Ford Model A add something


1905

Leland & Faulconer Manufacturing and the Cadillac Automobile Company merged in 1905 add something


1906

Cadillac was the first volume manufacturer of a fully enclosed car in 1906, and in 1912 was first to incorporate an electrical system enabling starting, ignition, and lighting add something


1908

Cadillac is the first American car to win the prestigious Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club of England, having successfully demonstrated the interchangeability of its component parts during a reliability test in 1908; this spawned the firm's slogan "Standard of the World add something

 

Cadillac participated in an interchangeability test in the United Kingdom 1908, when it was awarded the Dewar Trophy for the most important advancement of the year in the automobile industry add something

 

From its earliest years Cadillac aimed for precision engineering and stylish luxury finish, causing its cars to be ranked amongst the finest in the US. Utilization of interchangeable parts was an important innovation in 1908 add something

 

Carl Edvard Johansson - The first CEJ gauge block set in America was sold to Henry M. Leland at Cadillac Automobile Co. around 1908


1909

Cadillac was purchased by the General Motors conglomerate in 1909 add something

 

General Motors purchased the company in 1909 and within six years, Cadillac had laid the foundation for the modern mass production of automobiles by demonstrating the complete interchangeability of its precision parts while simultaneously establishing itself as America's premier luxury car add something

 

General Motors - In 1909, Durant brought in Cadillac, Elmore, Oakland and several others

 

Edward Andrew Deeds - In 1909, Henry Leland of the Cadillac Company ordered 5,000 ignition sets and Deeds and Kettering, Ohio formed the Dayton, Ohio Engineering Laboratories company, Delco


1912

It won that trophy a second time, in 1912, for incorporating electric starting and lighting in a production automobile add something


1915

Erwin Baker - In 1915, Baker drove from Los Angeles to New York City in 11 days, 7 hours and fifteen minutes in a Stutz Bearcat, and the following year drove a Cadillac 8 roadster from Los Angeles to Times Square in seven days, eleven hours and fifty-two minutes while accompanied by an Indianapolis newspaper reporter


1917

In July 1917, the United States Army needed a dependable staff car and chose the Cadillac Type 55 Touring Model after exhaustive tests on the Mexican border add something


1918

Cadillac pioneered the dual-plane V8 crankshaft in 1918 add something


1923

General Motors of Canada built Cadillac 1923 to 1936 and saved it from A. P. Sloan from his wanting to stop the build add something


1925

Cadillac Brougham - When Cadillac started offering Fleetwood bodies on some of its cars in 1925, the Brougham body style was Fleetwood bodied every year with the exception of 1926


1926

It installed shatter-resistant glass in 1926 add something


1927

Cadillac introduced designer-styled bodywork in 1927 add something

 

LaSalle (automobile) - "'LaSalle"' was a brand of automobiles manufactured and marketed by General Motors' Cadillac division from 1927 through 1940


1928

In 1928 Cadillac introduced the first clashless Synchro-Mesh manual transmission, utilizing constant mesh gears add something


1930

In 1930 Cadillac implemented the first V-16 engine, with a 45-degree overhead valve, 452 cubic inches, and , one of the most powerful and quietest engines in the United States add something

 

In the 1930s, Cadillac added cars with V12 and V16 engines to their range, many of which were fitted with custom coach-built bodies add something

 

Pininfarina - During the 1930's they built bodies for Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Isotta-Fraschini, Hispano Suiza, Fiat, Cadillac and Rolls-Royce Limited

 

Cadillac Series 70 - It was one of Cadillac's full-size V8-powered cars, produced from the 1930s through the 1980s


1933

LaSalle (automobile) - LaSalle sales had consistently exceeded Cadillac's since 1933, so the question begs, why did GM decide to drop LaSalle- Evidently the lesson of the Packard One-Twenty had been weighing on the minds of the executives at GM. Since its introduction in 1935 the medium priced Packard One-Twenty had consistently outsold the LaSalle, with sales volume exceeding Cadillac's counterpart by an average of 72 percent over the six-year period 1935-40 inclusively


1934

In 1934, Henry F. Phillips introduced the Phillips screw and driver to the market add something


1936

In 1936, Dreystadt released the Series 60 as Cadillac's entry into the mid-priced vehicle market add something


1937

Cadillac was the first automaker to use the Phillips technology in 1937, which was widely adopted in 1940 add something

 

Cadillac Brougham - After 1937 the Brougham name was not applied to any Cadillac for the remainder of the pre-World War II period


1939

It was replaced by the Series 61 in 1939, but a popular model that was derived from it, the Sixty Special, continued through 1993 add something

 

Eddie Anderson (American football coach) - Anderson was given a Cadillac by Iowa fans and a bonus by the university after his performance during the 1939 season


1940

By 1940, Cadillac sales had risen tenfold compared to 1934 add something

 

That marque remained in production until 1940 add something

 

Cadillac Series 62 - The Fisher-bodied Series 62 replaced the Cadillac Series 61 at the lowest rung in the model line up in 1940

 

Cadillac Series 62 - The Series 62 was a series of cars produced by Cadillac, designed to replace the Series 65 in 1940

 

Cadillac Series 62 - The new C-body that the 1940 Cadillac Series 62 shared with the Buick Roadmaster and Super, the Oldsmobile Series 90 and the Pontiac Torpedo featured shoulder and hip room that was over 5" wider, the elimination of running boards and exterior styling that was streamlined and 2-3" lower

 

Glendon Swarthout - They were married on December 28, 1940, after both had graduated from the U. of M. and Swarthout was writing ad copy for Cadillac and Dow Chemical at the MacManus, John & Adams advertising agency in Detroit


1941

For the first time in many years all cars built by the company shared the same basic engine and drivetrain in 1941 add something

 

Cadillac Series 62 - The Series 62 offered the only 4-door convertible built by Cadillac in 1941 and it would be the last time this bodystyle was ever made by the marque


1946

Cadillac Series 62 - In 1946 the Series 62 used GM's C-body platform, as did the Cadillac Sixty Special, Buick Super and Buick Roadmaster, and Oldsmobile 98


1948

Cadillac's first tailfins, inspired by the twin rudders of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, appeared in 1948; the 1959 Cadillac, designed by Peter Hodak, was the epitome of the tailfin craze, with the most recognizable tailfins of any production automobile add something

 

Tailfins were added to body shape in 1948 add something


1949

A later model of the V8 engine, known as the overhead valve, set the standard for the entire American automotive industry in 1949 add something

 

Fledgling automotive magazine "Motor Trend" awarded its first "Car of the Year" to Cadillac in 1949; the company turned it down add something

 

It represents a number of evolutions of the car line from 1949 to 1963, that are half-buried, nose-first in the ground at an angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt add something

 

Cadillac Series 62 - The Cadillac Series 62 "'Coupe de Ville"' was introduced late in the 1949 model year

 

Cadillac Series 70 - The new Cadillac OHV $V8 (V8_engine) was the big news for 1949

 

Cadillac Series 62 - The new Cadillac OHV $V8 (V8_engine) was the big news for 1949, with minor trim differences otherwise

 

On 25 November 1949, Cadillac produced its one millionth car, a 1950 Coupe de Ville add something


1950

As the 1950s wore on, the element was placed higher in the front-end design, negating their purpose as bumper guards add something

 

In the 1950s, Cadillac participated in the Grand National Stock Car Series add something

 

They became more pronounced and were likened to the bosom of 1950s television personality Dagmar add something

 

Briggs Cunningham - In 1950 Briggs Cunningham entered two Cadillac cars for Le Mans, one a stock-appearing Cadillac Coupe de Ville, the other a special-bodied sports car dubbed "Le Monstre

 

Philip Levine (poet) - Levine earned his A.B. in 1950 and went to work for Chevrolet and Cadillac in what he calls "stupid jobs"

 

Cadillac Series 70 - No single automotive design better characterizes the industry's late 1950s flamboyance than the 1959 Cadillac, which incorporated totally new styling

 

Red Top Young - They traveled throughout the U.S. in a 1950 Black Buick Ambulance and a 1958 Cadillac Hearse


1951

Cadillac Series 70 - A minor face lift and small trim variations were the main Cadillac styling news in 1951


1952

R. Harmon Drew, Sr. - In 1952, a Cadillac driven by the singer Lefty Frizzell crashed into the Drew home on Elm Street while Frizzell was speeding through Minden, Louisiana

 

Cadillac Series 62 - In 1952, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Cadillac, the V-shaped hood and deck emblems were done as gold castings

 

Cadillac Series 70 - In 1952, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Cadillac, the V-shaped hood and deck emblems were done as gold castings

 

Harmon Drew, Jr. - In 1952, while speeding through Minden, Louisiana, the singer Lefty Frizzell, originally from Corsicana, Texas, crashed his Cadillac into the Drew home

 

Cadillac Eldorado - The name "Eldorado" was proposed for a special show car built in 1952 to mark Cadillac's Golden Anniversary; it was the result of in-house competition won by Mary-Ann Marini , a secretary in the company's merchandising department


1953

In 1953, the "Autronic Eye" was introduced add something

 

Cadillac Eldorado - The "'Eldorado"' is a two-door personal luxury car manufactured and marketed by the Cadillac Division of General Motors from 1953 to 2002

 

Cadillac Eldorado - The original 1953 Eldorado convertible and the Eldorado Brougham models of 1957–1960 were the most expensive models that & Cadillac offered those years, and the Eldorado was never less than second in price after the Cadillac Series 75 until 1966


1957

In 1957 the bumpers gained black rubber tips which only heightened the relationship between the styling element and a stylized, exaggerated bumper design add something

 

The Eldorado Brougham of 1957 offered a 'memory seat' function, allowing seat positions to be saved and recalled for different drivers add something

 

Cadillac Eldorado - However, the Eldorado Country Club in Indian Wells, California was not founded until 1957 - five years after Cadillac's naming competition


1958

For 1958 the element was toned down and was completely absent from the 1959 models add something

 

From the inception of the fin up to the 1958 model year, the driver's side fin housed the gasoline filler neck under the taillight assembly add something


1959

The use of extensive bright-work on the exterior and interior decreased each year after 1959 add something

 

Cadillac Series 62 - A pink 1959 Cadillac 62 convertible as well as a 1963 model of the same car were both featured in the 1980 cult film "Rock 'n' Roll High School", being mentioned as the "Ramonemobile" by a fan in the film

 

Pininfarina - Pininfarina built the bodies for the limited-series Cadillac Eldorado Brougham for General Motors in 1959 and 1960, assembled them and sent them back to the U.S. There were 99 Broughams built in 1959 and 101 in 1960

 

Cadillac Series 62 - The 1959 Cadillac is remembered for its huge sharp tailfins with dual bullet tail lights, two distinctive rooflines and roof pillar configurations, new jewel-like grille patterns and matching deck lid beauty panels

 

Cadillac Eldorado - The 1959 Cadillac is remembered for its huge sharp tailfins with dual bullet tail lights, two distinctive rooflines and roof pillar configurations, new jewel-like grille patterns and matching deck lid beauty panels


1960

From 1960 thru 1964, the fins decreased in size each year and disappeared with the 1965 model year add something

 

From the late 1960s, Cadillac offered a fiber-optic warning system to alert the driver to failed light bulbs add something

 

The brand disappeared from the series by the 1960s add something

 

Cadillac Eldorado - The Brougham's styling cues would prove to indicate where standard Cadillac styling would head from 1960 through the early-mid-1960s

 

Cadillac Eldorado - The 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz 6467E is featured as Maurice Minnifield's vehicle in the 1990s television series "Northern Exposure"


1961

Cadillac Eldorado - Beginning in 1961, Cadillac marketed an upper trim level named after the French coastal resort, the Eldorado Biarritz

 

Cadillac Series 62 - In addition all short deck Cadillac models went from being 6-window sedans in 1961 to 4-window sedans in 1962 and 1963


1962

Cadillac Series 62 - A mild face lift characterized Cadillac styling trends for 1962

 

Cadillac Series 70 - A mild face lift characterized Cadillac styling trends for 1962

 

Cadillac Eldorado - A mild face lift characterized Cadillac styling trends for 1962

 

Dreamgirls (film) - Backstage at an amateur talent show at the Detroit Theater in 1962, Cadillac salesman Curtis Taylor, Jr. meets a girl group known as "The Dreamettes": lead singer Effie White , and back-up singers Deena Jones , and Lorrell Robinson


1963

LaSalle (automobile) - Early mockups of what was to become the 1963 Buick Riviera were badged "LaSalle II," as the Cadillac division was being considered for production of this successful personal luxury car

 

Cadillac Eldorado - In 1963 Eldorado Biarritz joined the & Cadillac Sixty Special and the Cadillac Series 75 as the only Cadillac models with Fleetwood bodies and immediately acquired Fleetwood crests on its rear quarters and Fleetwood rocker panel moldings

 

Cadillac Series 62 - In overall terms 1963 Cadillac was essentially the same as last year

 

Cadillac Series 70 - In overall terms 1963 Cadillac was essentially the same as last year

 

Cadillac Eldorado - In overall terms the 1963 Cadillac was essentially the same as the previous year

 

Cadillac Eldorado - The 1963 Eldorado was the first Fleetwood bodied convertible since the & Cadillac Series 75 stopped offering four- and two-door convertible body styles and production of the Cadillac Series 90 ceased in 1941


1965

Cadillac Brougham - After a five year absence the Brougham name reappeared as an option package on the 1965 Cadillac Sixty Special

 

Dave Hill (automotive engineer) - He graduated from Michigan Tech, and began his career at GM in engine engineering for Cadillac in 1965, and moved into engineering management assignments for Cadillac in the mid-1970s, rising to the position of Engineering Program Manager in early 1992


1966

Cadillac Eldorado - An Eldorado convertible would remain in the Cadillac line through 1966, but its differences from the rest of the line would be generally more modest


1967

Cadillac Series 70 - New at Cadillac for 1967 was a redesigned side panel contour that created a longer look and more sculptured appearance


1968

The new engine that debuted in the 1968 model year, designed for an ultimate capacity potential of , was increased to for the 1970 Eldorado add something

 

This was exceeded in 1968, when Cadillac topped 200,000 units for the first time add something

 

Cadillac Eldorado - In 1968, the Eldorado gained slight exterior changes to comply with new federal safety and emissions legislation, and as with the rest of the Cadillac lineup, a new $V8 (V8_engine) rated at


1969

Cadillac Series 70 - Although its overall size and character was largely unchanged, the 1969 Cadillac was restyled in the Eldorado image


1970

The 1970s saw vehicles memorable for their luxury and dimensions add something

 

General Motors - In the 1970s and 1980s, GM pushed the benefits of diesel engines and cylinder deactivation technologies with disastrous results due to poor durability in the Oldsmobile diesels and drivability issues in the Cadillac V8-6-4 variable-cylinder engines

 

Avis Rent a Car System - Since the late 1970s, Avis has featured mainly General Motors vehicles such as Chevrolet and Cadillac, but today rents popular non-GM brands including Ford and Toyota


1972

Thomas Eboli - On July 16, 1972, Eboli left his girlfriend's apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn around 1:00 A.M and walked to his chauffeured Cadillac car


1973

Cadillac experienced record sales in 1973 and again in the late 1970s add something

 

Cadillac Eldorado - The Cadillac Eldorado was chosen as the pace car for the Indy 500 in 1973


1974

Driver airbags were offered on some Cadillac models from 1974 to 1976 add something

 

It was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez, and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm add something

 

The art installation consists of older running Cadillac automobiles that were originally installed during 1974, and were either used or junk add something


1975

It was adopted across the model range beginning in 1975 add something

 

Khalid of Saudi Arabia - In December 1975, King Khalid bought longest and fanciest Cadillac which was 25 feet, 2 inches long


1976

Cadillac Series 70 - Compared with the 1976 & Cadillac Fleetwood 75 which it replaced, the Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine had a wheelbase 7,0" shorter and weighed about 900 lb less


1977

Cadillac Brougham - When the Sixty Special Series was retired in 1977, the & Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham took its place as Cadillac's most luxurious owner-driven large sedan model through 1986


1978

Cadillac Eldorado - The 1978 Cadillac Eldorado was the only American luxury car in its class to be offered with Power Sliding T-Tops that folded neatly inside the center-front roof


1979

Gucci - In 1979 and 1980, a Miami-based coachbuilder sold Gucci edition of Cadillac's midsize Seville luxury sedan


1980

Pininfarina - A similar arrangement was repeated in the late 1980s when Pininfarina designed the Cadillac Allanté


1983

Pininfarina - In 1983 Pininfarina reached an agreement with General Motors to design and build the Cadillac Allanté

 

Callaway Golf Company - In 1983, he became president and moved the company to Carlsbad, California where he sold clubs out of his Cadillac


1984

Cadillac Eldorado - In 1984, Cadillac introduced a convertible version of Eldorado Biarritz

 

Cadillac Eldorado - Prior to the 'official' 1984 and 1985 Eldorado convertibles marketed by Cadillac, some 1979-83 Eldorados were made into coach convertibles by independent coachbuilders e


1985

Cadillac Brougham - Construction of the Cadillac Brougham was performed at the Clark Street Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan from 1985 until 1987; some early model year 1988 Broughams were produced there in late 1987

 

Cadillac Brougham - The & Cadillac Fleetwood had been introduced as a new, smaller breed of front-drive Cadillac in 1985, and the confusion over the Fleetwood name being applied to two very different vehicles prompted the name change for 1987


1986

Cadillac Brougham - Although the vehicle was identical to the 1986 model, the former & Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham - the last remaining rear-wheel drive Cadillac - was renamed in 1987 to "Brougham"


1987

Cadillac Brougham - The "' & Cadillac Brougham"' is a line of luxury cars manufactured by the Cadillac division of General Motors from the 1987 through the 1992 years

 

Cadillac Allante - The "'Allanté"' is a two-door, two-seater roadster manufactured and marketed by Cadillac from 1987 until 1993, with roughly 21,000 copies built over a 7-year production run


1990

Clint Eastwood - In 1990 Eastwood began living with actress Frances Fisher, whom he had met on the set of Pink Cadillac.

 

General Motors - Some year later, the Ghabbour Brothers began to assemble Cadillac, &Chevrolet and Buick models up to the 1990s


1992

Cadillac Eldorado - For 1992, Cadillac introduced a new, significantly larger Eldorado, approximately 11" longer than its predecessor


1994

Tracey Emin - In 1994, they toured the US together, driving in a Cadillac from San Francisco to New York, and making stops en route where she gave readings from her autobiographical book Exploration of the Soul to finance the trip.


1999

Cadillac Escalade - The 1999 Escalade was identical to the 1999 GMC Denali, but was redesigned for the 2002 model year to make its appearance fall more in line with Cadillac's "art and science" design theme


2002

Cadillac CTS - The CTS Coupe will be Cadillac's first coupe since the Eldorado, which was discontinued in 2002

 

Cadillac Escalade - The "'Escalade "EXT"' sport utility truck was introduced in 2002 from the Cadillac division of General Motors


2003

Cadillac CTS - The car featured interior and exterior design influences from the 2003 Cadillac Sixteen concept car


2004

Cadillac Escalade - In 2004, Cadillac released its first version of the Platinum Escalade

 

General Motors - The Cadillac brand was introduced in China in 2004, starting with exports to China


2006

Cadillac CTS - On April 2, 2006, in a "60 Minutes" interview with Bob Lutz, part of a prototype Cadillac was revealed to audiences


2007

Lance Reddick - He has appeared in a 2007 Cadillac TV advertisement

 

Cadillac Eldorado - In the year 2007 a team called We Ain't Stupid used modified 1972 Cadillac Eldorado called T-47 to break the Art Car World Land Speed Record setting a speed of 125 m


2008

Cadillac CTS - At the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Cadillac presented the 2010 CTS Sport Wagon

 

Cadillac Escalade - In 2008, Cadillac offered the Platinum Edition on its redesigned Escalade and Escalade ESV models

 

Cadillac CTS - In 2008, the CTS was selected as the car that would re-launch the Cadillac brand in Australia and New Zealand

 

Ted DiBiase, Jr. - On February 15, 2008, DiBiase was arrested for DUI in Hillsborough County, Florida, after his Cadillac sport utility vehicle crashed into another vehicle


2009

However, Cadillac did commence with the second generation SRX in 2009 add something

 

Cadillac CTS - In 2009, the CTS became the first Cadillac to be named to the Car and Driver 10 Best list for a second consecutive year

 

Pontiac - On April 27, 2009, amid ongoing financial problems and restructuring efforts, GM announced it would discontinue the Pontiac brand by the end of 2010 and focus on four core brands in North America: Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and &GMC (GMC_(automobile))


2010

The SRX crossover has been Cadillac's best selling model since 2010 add something

 

The SRX is now based on the Theta Premium platform and is offered in either FWD or AWD. The SRX crossover has been Cadillac's best selling model since 2010 add something

 

With that said, this would leave Cadillac with a full range of vehicles by the mid 2010's add something


2011

With the STS and DTS ending production in 2011, Cadillac was left without a proper range topper add something

 

Paul Jr. Designs - GM/ & Cadillac challenged both Orange County Choppers and PJD to design a bike using the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V-automobile as the inspiration


2012

In 2012, Cadillac's U.S. sales were 149,782 add something

 

Cadillac CTS - For 2012, GM offered some new technology and option packages with the Cadillac CTS.

 

Cadillac CTS - For the 2012 CTS, the front grille used higher quality materials to give a more vertical design, and the Cadillac logo was being subtly changed to give a more vibrant appearance


2013

It has been revealed the next CTS, scheduled for 2013 as a 2014 model, will move to a long-wheelbase version of the upcoming Alpha platform add something

 

John Densmore - In 2013 Densmore released "The Doors Unhinged", a book covering his legal battle with Krieger and Manzarek over the use of the name The Doors for a tour they were doing, and Densmore's veto over a 2003 offer by Cadillac to buy the rights to The Doors music

 

Cadillac Escalade - On October 7, 2013, & Cadillac unveiled the fourth generation Escalade and Escalade ESV at a star-studded event in New York City, just nearly a month after GM unveiled their next-generation SUVs from Chevrolet and GMC. Cadillac began its campaign to promote the Escalade on August 14, 2013, and started posting teasers online on September 23, 2013, with help from photographer Autumn de Wilde, who helped revealed more images ahead of the unveiling


2014

As seen on the introduction of the Cadillac ATS Coupe, which is the brand's first production model to wear the revised crest, GM's luxury brand will begin fitting its cars with the new emblem in the second half of 2014 add something


2016

In 2016, Cadillac's U.S. sales were 170,006 vehicles add something


2017

In 2017, Cadillac's U.S. sales were 156,440 vehicles and its global sales were 356,467 vehicles add something


2019

The vehicle was introduced on January 12, 2019 at the North American International Auto Show and will go on sale in the fall of 2019 as a 2020 model, with early orders to commence in the summer of 2019 add something